Historic Edwardian building restored to former glory as student residences

Pennycuick Collins’ building surveyors have completed the project management of the second phase of student accommodation at Bristol Street, Birmingham. The scheme includes a five storey new build and the restoration of a prominent Grade A locally listed Edwardian building to its former glory. In addition to the student accommodation, the development includes further ground floor retail space to complement the existing retail units with frontage to Bristol Street. The site has special historic interest having been partially damaged during World War II air raids on the city, and is located within the Gooch Estate which dominates the Southside area of Birmingham. The latest phase of the residences comprises an additional 64 student rooms and nine studios, all with en-suite facilities, access to shared communal kitchen facilities, a student lounge and concierge services.  Managed by CRM Students, which operates student residences totalling 23,000 bed spaces across the UK, Shaylor Group were the appointed main contractor, St Paul’s Associates the architects and Nolan Associates were engaged as structural engineers. Speaking about the Bristol Street refurbishment, Adrian Roddick, a partner at Pennycuick Collins and head of building consultancy said: “Our involvement in the Bristol Street student and commercial scheme has been from inception in an advisory capacity as managing agents of the Gooch Estate, through to delivery of the completed project.  This was a complex assignment on one of Birmingham’s busiest arterial routes, and the end result provides much needed high-specification student living.  The successful outcome is testament to a collaborative approach from a predominantly Midlands-based team of experts. We look forward to announcing details of the commercial tenants in the... read more

Smallbrook Queensway Resurfacing Works

Information supplied by Birmingham City Council regarding resurfacing works on Smallbrook Queensway is as follows: What’s Happening, Where and When? What:            Carriageway Maintenance Where:          Smallbrook Queensway – From Holloway Circus to New Street Station When:           Phase 1 – Week commencing 18/02/2018                        Phase 2 – Week commencing 25/02/2018                        Phase 3 – Week commencing 04/03/2018                        Phase 4 – Week commencing 11/03/2018 How long:   Up to 20 nights between the hours of 2100hrs to 0600hrs (for updated start / finish dates see yellow signs at either end of the road) Parking and Property Access A road closure will be in place on Smallbrook Queensway so access to your property may be restricted. We must ask that vehicles are not parked around Smallbrook Queensway during the hours of work shown above. Vehicles obstructing our works will be relocated to an adjacent street by Mansfield Recovery. Please contact Mansfield Recovery on 0870 600 3444 if your vehicle has been removed. We understand that vehicle access may be essential for some medical / personal reasons.  If you need vehicle access to your property during the above work times, please ask our personnel on site or call 0121 303 6644 and choose option 4 (Customer Services). Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Traffic Information Details of any bus diversions that are in place can be found at http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/information/temporary-diversions/. Alternatively you can visit your local Travel Shop or call 0121 254 7272.... read more

Birmingham Business Crime Survey – 2016

The first Birmingham Business Crime Survey took place in spring 2015, and saw 68 members of the local business community share their views on matters relating to business crime in their area. The 30 question survey was designed in conjunction with Midland Heart on behalf of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership (BCSP), with both online and printed copies available. In early 2016, Midland Heart and the BCSP reviewed the survey with a view to gathering the views of the local business community approximately a year on. Where appropriate, comparisons have been drawn against baseline results. The re-launched Birmingham Business Crime Survey took place over a three week period during January and February 2016. The survey was available online only. The Key findings from this survey can be found in the report below: Birmingham Business Crime Report April 2016... read more

James Dahl Restaurant Opens in the Arcadian Centre

                          Serving upscale Indian dishes from its sophisticated location inside The Arcadian on Southside’s Hurst Street, James Dahl Indian is a dining destination that will change the way you look at Indian cuisine. Utilising all-natural ingredients, seasonal produce and healthy cooking techniques, James Dahl Indian offers dishes that are light and fresh, a stark contrast to the usual heavy, albeit delicious, specialities we’ve come to associate with the Indian kitchen. Begin with starters like the James Special, chicken tikka and sheek kebab cooked in a dry sauce, or the rushani pangas, Bangladesh fish fried with spices, garlic and onions. For you main course, we recommend the saag tikka special, garlic, spinach and marinated chicken all cooked up together in a medley of spices and seasonings, or the vegetarian mushroom bhaji. Despite a very recent opening (2016), James Dahl Restaurant is already a huge success, so be sure to book in advance to secure a table. For further details or information on how to book a table please visit: http://www.thearcadian.co.uk/food-drink-entertainment http://www.jamesdahl.uk/#home... read more

Southside secures Yes vote for BID 2

Southside Business Improvement District has secured a mandate for a second term from April 2016 following a resounding Yes vote from businesses within Birmingham’s most diverse district. To secure a yes, voters needed to make up the majority of the ballot turnout by both number and ratable value. Southside received 83% of the vote with businesses from across Chinatown, Theatreland and the Gay Village voting yes.  Of the total £9.3 million ratable value from levy payers, Southside achieved a Yes from 95% of the value. In its first term Southside delivered an array of successful initiatives, overseeing an investment of nearly £2 million in improvements to the district for businesses, residents and visitors. BID 2 will see Southside continue to build a brighter future for the district, ensuring it is a greener, cleaner and safer place for all who reside there. Paul Garry, chairman of Southside BID, said: “Securing a yes vote for BID 2 is a true testament to the work and dedication of those involved and we’re delighted that the voters have shown their support in the renewal ballot, providing us with a mandate for the next five years. “BID 2 will see us continue to build relationships with our levy payers, acting as a voice for those who don’t feel like they have one or are unsure of who to turn to with business related issues. We have plans for the creation of new public spaces, improving safety in both the day and nighttime economy as well as sustaining additional investment in the district. Without the support of our levy payers we would not be able to... read more

Southside BID tackles city pollution problem with green wall

As Birmingham’s polution levels reach crisis point, Southside BID has installed a ‘Green Wall’ on one of the City’s busiest gateways as a way of battling the problem. In May 2014 the World Health Organisation named nine English towns and cities which were in breach of safety guidelines for air polution – Birmingham was one.  Off the back of the report, Southside BID in partnership with Atkins, Gooch Estate and with research support from Staffordshire University commissioned the installation of a green wall along the A38 in an attempt to reduce pollution levels caused by motor vehicles. The wall which has been installed in three segments along almost 140 metres of the A38 Bristol Street’s central reservation is covered in green vegetation which removes a significant quantity of airborne particles. Research undertaken by Staffordshire university is now complete and the full report is available to view... read more

Local Chinese community expresses disappointment following the Chinese President’s visit being “hijacked” by the Chancellor

James Wong, chair of the Chinese Festival Committee in Birmingham, expressed his disappointment on behalf of the Chinese community “We are very disappointed that the government seems to have disregarded the hard work of the people in the second city in preparation of the visit of the Chinese President, in favour of the Northern Powerhouse project. It’s a real shame as President Xi Jinping expressed a special interest in visiting Birmingham. This decision appears to have been made at the last minute. I know that the Birmingham City Council has worked tirelessly to arrange this visit. We had over 300 local Chinese down in London on Tuesday to welcome him to England. James is a second generation Chinese, born and bred in Birmingham and runs three of the main Chinese restaurants in the Midlands  “We have seen an influx of Mainland Chinese investments in recent years, especially in China Town. One in three international students that studies in our 5 universities comes from China, many of whom decide to stay and invest in our city. I currently mentor two young businessmen who has expressed huge disappointment on hearing this news.”  Read the full article on the Birmingham Post... read more

Ballot opens for Southside BID following launch of new mandate

Businesses and supporters have gathered at Birmingham Hippodrome to launch the Yes campaign in support of Southside Business Improvement District in its renewal ballot. More than 80 local businesses and supporters of the BID attended the launch this month to hear from board directors, business owners and members of the Southside community about the positive impact the BID has had on safety, cleanliness and additional investment resulting in increased footfall and new business start ups in the area. More than 250 businesses will have until Thursday 19th November to vote in the renewal ballot for Southside BID to help secure a mandate for another five years.  Launched in 2011, Southside BID – which covers the city’s theatre district, Gay Village and Chinatown – has overseen an investment of almost £2 million in a range of initiatives that have helped it become one of the city’s most diverse and thriving districts. Cllr Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, said: “Having recently joined Southside BID’s board it’s not difficult to see the fantastic achievements they have accomplished in the past five years. The BID has led the charge in creating a welcoming environment through initiatives such as street and taxi wardens and regular street cleaning, which have meant more visitors, more new businesses and more investment. Without the BID these initiatives will cease to exist, which could prove detrimental to the area and its development.”  Southside BID is funded by the 260 eligible businesses within the district paying a percentage of their ratable value, which raised £1.6 million over the previous term. A further £192,685 was raised from... read more

It’s hotting up at Southside

An influx of foreign students, a thriving leisure scene and its proximity to Grand Central and the Bullring have made Southside BID area the hottest residential market in the city according to a leading agent. Apartments are currently being snapped up within hours of going on the market with rents and capital values both on the rise as supply outstrips demand according to Marc Walker, head of new homes and residential development at York Laurent. There are currently more than 1,000 units in the pipeline across Southside – either approved or in the planning system – and Marc believes they cannot come to the market fast enough. He said: “This time of year is particularly busy for us in the Southside area as it is very popular with students, particularly from overseas, and this is the time of year when students are leaving and also arriving in the city but there is no doubt that this year we are busier than ever. “We opened our office in the Arcadian five years ago because we saw a gap in the market and our timing was spot on because the residential market there has just gone from strength to strength. “In our time in Southside there has been a huge positive transformation of the area as all the residential development has encouraged complimentary investment in the local bars, restaurants and shops and I think it is undoubtedly the city’s most vibrant district.” There are currently a number of schemes in various stages of the planning process including a major Lend Lease scheme, a Benacre development on Upper Dean Street and the... read more

In Preparation for Trams Returning to Birmingham City Centre …..

Essential tie-in works will close the Snowhill stop for a six week period from start of service on Sunday 25th October 2015. Within this period services will end at St. Paul’s Tram Stop, and passengers will be able to continue their journey by replacement bus service. Network West Midlands are currently working on further details, including timetables for replacement buses and walking routes. More information will be available soon. Keep up-to-date with the latest information... read more